I went to the advance screening of The Croods in 3D with high expectations, as the movie trailer had presented itself as a fun, fast-paced family adventure. It's about a family of cavemen (comprised of an all-star cast), that for the sake of survival live holed up in a cave. The Croods family is teen daughter Eep (Emma Store), dad Grug (Nicholas Cage), mom Ugga (Catherine Keener), brother Thunk (Clark Duke), sister Sandy (Randy Thom), and grandma (Cloris Leachman). I have to say that the movie exceeded my expectations!
Eep loves her family dearly, but wants to see more of the outside world. However dad Grug only wants to keep his family safe from the prehistoric creatures running amuck, and discourages his daughter from leaving the inner sanctum of the cave. But like all teenagers Eep wants to explore, and she breaks her dad's rules in order to satisfy her wanderlust.
|Eep Yearns to See the Outside World|
On her first trip out she meets a handsome stranger, Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and his pet sloth, Belt (Chris Sanders). Guy tells her that the world that she knows is literally coming to an end, and tells her that she must leave her cave immediately if she wishes to survive. Eep is smitten by Guy, but the two separate when dad Grug comes looking for his missing daughter.
The Croods definitely delivers the message that a family makes your stronger, and offers unconditional love and support, and will always stick by you. These are the kinds of messages that I would like to see more of in G-rated films. And funny enough, there was nothing crude about The Croods--only lots of family-friendly laughs.
I don't want to spoil all the twists and turns of the story, but I do want to say that it is an excellent family film with a great storyline, lots of humour and spectacular visual effects. There were many occasions in the film where parents and children alike in the audience laughed out loud (my kids and I included)! It was just a clever and tremendously funny film, that will have you memorizing its witty punchlines for later use.
If you are able to see The Croods, I think your family will be delighted by it and I highly recommend that you see it! I think that many families will be going back to see it a second time for sure. From DreamWorks Animation, distributed by 20th Century Fox. In theaters everywhere now.
Are you going to take your family to The Croods movie? Does your family like watching comedy films?